NBC Forgot To Prep
Kathie Lee Gifford

Kathie Lee is no stranger to putting her foot in her mouth, but today really took the cake. Find out what she asked guest Martin Short that gave us a really bad case of secondhand embarrassment.

It sounds like NBC Today Show host Kathie Lee Gifford drank a little too much on wine Wednesday (again) — she ended up asking guest Martin Short about his longtime wife. The problem? She passed away a couple of years ago.


"How many years are you in love with her now?" Gifford asked Short of his wife, Nancy Dolman. She lost her battle with ovarian cancer in August 2010.

"We have been married 36 years," Short graciously replied, though clearly caught off-guard.

"But you're still in love!?" she continued before co-host Hoda Kotb (rightfully) took the reins and changed the subject. The comedian then clued in the clueless host to his wife's death during a commercial break.

Gifford was obviously upset about her mistake — she was almost in tears when she apologized on-air for her questions. She added that Short told her a great piece of advice he received at his wife's funeral.

"Just keep the conversation going," he said.

Gifford wasn't willing to let it go, adding to her on-air apology with a tweet after the show.

“I send my sincerest apologies to @MartinShort and his family,” she wrote. “He handled situation w/enormous grace and kindness and I'm so grateful.”

Hey, we all make mistakes, but we can't believe that Gifford doesn't at least prep herself before interviewing celebrities. You aren't getting any younger, Kathie — and the mind probably isn't as sharp as it used to be. Still, we won't stop watching the daily train wreck that is the third hour of the Today Show we're always guaranteed to see or hear something that makes us go "WTF?"

Watch Kathie Lee Gifford ask Martin Short about his dead wife

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Comments on "Kathie Lee steps in it big time with Martin Short"

Caitlin May 31, 2012 | 10:07 AM

The ridiculous wigs don't make this any better! The more I see from Kathie Lee & Hoda, the more the SNL spoofs of them seem accurate.

Michele G. May 31, 2012 | 9:13 AM

Don't they have fact checkers at NBC? It was an awkward situation for all involved. I would not be surprised if some widowed celeb came on the show & remarked before the interview that they are widowed in case they were going to ask about their spouses. Someone should start doing their homework or this is bound to happen again.

Emma May 30, 2012 | 4:46 PM

Oh my goodness! How embarrassing!! I feel awful for everyone involved in that conversation. Good thing Hoda took the reins and got them out of a really awkward continuing conversation. Short really handled that well and I am truly impressed with that! What great advice: "keep the conversation going."

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